>> Oct 16, 2013
In the winter, when a pool owner is inside the house watching football, not much time or thought is given to the family pool in the back yard. It’s just sitting out there dormant, until the swimming season returns next spring. What are the risks of leaving the pool unattended, and how can a pool safety cover address those risks?
The safety factor. Well described by Infoguider.com, a cover for the swimming pool will protect against pool related accidents. One of the most heart wrenching articles on the news, heard all too often, is a child falling into a swimming pool and drowning. Statistically it is one of the most common pool related incidents. The cover turns a liquid surface into a hard and impenetrable surface. Pets and small children are now all prevented from falling into the pool.
The health risk. Particularly for a pool sitting idle over the winter, the combination of leaves falling into the pool, rain water, and time, is a breeding ground for algae and unwanted growth. That could lead to a nasty maintenance issue when it’s time to open the pool in the spring. There could be a serious infestation of algae which has stained the pool, needing to be cleaned up. The chemicals in the water will need to be rebalanced to clean the water so that it is safe for swimming. The pool cover resolves those issues.
The money saving aspect. This one gets people’s attention quickly. A pool cover will maintain water temperature, thus saving energy costs, and will prevent evaporation, thus lowering water bills. Those are pretty straightforward reasons to use a cover. To test the theory, leave a cover off for a month, and check the electric bill. Plus, a winter freezing storm which cracks the concrete of the pool will lead to a big repair bill. With a safety cover, all of those expensive items can be avoided.
The maintenance component. Many maintenance issues will virtually disappear from using a pool safety cover. The cover protects against debris – leaves, twigs and other objects, which would otherwise drop straight into the pool. The cover protects against the effect of the sun, which can promote the growth of algae, can fade the paint on pool surfaces, and dry up and crack the concrete on the pool. Not only the expense of dealing with those issues, but the time and effort – usually by the pool owner – can be eliminated with a safety cover on the pool.
A pool safety cover is a good investment for a number of reasons. There are a number of options to choose from – the best being a mesh cover or a solid cover, and each option can be sized to fit the pool for which it is needed. The main thing to keep in mind is that a pool cover doesn’t do any good if it’s rolled up and sitting in the garage. Particularly for the winter season, the cover will need to be put on the pool. Yes, it requires some time and effort, but the alternative is a pool that becomes a safety hazard, a maintenance burden, and a source of extra costs.
When Simon Hopes decided to take on writing articles freelance, his friends knew he would be a success at it – Jen is that way with taking on new endeavors. He really enjoys her time writing for www.poolcenter.com, and yet still finds time for tennis and her bridge tournaments.